Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama moves on military, foreign policy

President Barack Obama is meeting with Pentagon and State Department officials to begin changing policies in the area of military and foreign affairs.

Obama wants to discuss with the top military chiefs his plan for withdrawing troops from Iraq in 16 months. Currently, Iraq and the U.S. have an agreement to leave by the end of 2011. The president also ordered all Guantanamo prosecutions halted and called for plans to shut down the facility within a year.

Obama is scheduled to meet with White House National Security Advisor James L. Jones, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Adm. Michael G. Mullen, the Joint Chiefs of Staff chair, and Gen. David H. Petraeus, U.S. military chief in the Middle East. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, U.S. commander in Iraq, will participate by video teleconference.

Also today, the United States Senate confirmed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state by a 94-2 vote.


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